The aim of our research is to study the structure of exotic nuclei whose proton and neutron numbers are very different to those found in stable nuclei, and to study nuclei with extremely high angular momentum. In this way valuable information can be gathered on the description of the atomic nucleus using many-body quantum theory. Our knowledge on this theory is mainly obtained from nuclei close to the line of stability and extrapolations into the unknown regions of the nuclear chart often fail, partly due to the wrong choice of parameters, and partly for more fundamental reasons. Usually this research is carried out in collaboration with physicists from other UK Universities and from Europe and/or North America, with most of the Group's activities being transferred to overseas laboratories, especially in France, Finland, Germany and Switzerland. For more information on particular areas of research, please navigate through the following links:
Collective Behaviour of Exotic Nuclei - The key science objective of this programmes is to investigate reflection-asymmetric collective motion, and hence understand the nature of the effective nuclear interacitons, and more fundamental forces in nature, through studies of nuclear properties.
Exploring the Limits of Nuclear Existence for Heavy Proton-Rich Nuclei - This research involves leading experiments at international accelerator laboratories probing nuclei at the proton-rich limit of the nuclear landscape.
Ground and Isomeric State Properties by Laser Spectroscopy - Performed at international "isotope factories", this research studies how nuclei change away from the valley of stability via the use of laser spectroscopy.
Shell Structure and Deformation at Ultrahigh Spin in Nuclei - This research investigates the atomic nucleus at the extremes of angular momentum that occur in different regins of the Segre chart.
Structure of Superheavy Nuclei - Using the SACRED electron spectrometer designed by the Liverpool group, in conjunction with the recoil separator RITU in Jyväskylä, this research investigates the low-lying states in even-even and odd mass superheavy nuclei, as well as measurements of long-lived high-K states that hold the key to the structure of superheavy nuclei.
Thermodynamics of Strongly Interacting Matter - This research exploits the ALIC and NuSTAR experiments and addresses several of the STFC Roadmap Science Challenges: How did the Universe begin and how is it evolving? What are the fundamental constituents and fabric of the Universe and how do they interact?